If you use your computer to record live instruments or sample from turntables, you’ll soon find that the 3.5mm mini jacks on your computer’s soundcard lacking in terms of quality. An audio interface converts the signal from your instruments into a high-fidelity data stream that can be captured by your recording software. It’s an essential piece of kit for anyone serious about recording and producing with a computer.
Points To Consider
What are your requirements from your interface? You need to look at your array of equipment and the connections that it all uses. Look at your instruments and effects, and make a list of the sockets you’d need to connect them all. Consider, however, thatf if you’re a multi-instrumentalist you’re unlikely to be playing all your instruments at once (unless you’re a really talented one!). The most basic interfaces consist of a single channel input with no monitor outputs. If you just plan to capture some audio from a turntable or sampler, this may well be all you need.